Nate Silver at the NY Times looked up what Democrats and Republicans are talking about in 29 competitive House races. Here's what he found:
There's a lot that's interesting in that chart, but I'm just going to focus on the "Gay rights" part for this post (I'm assuming Nate Silver meant "LGBTQ rights"). 7% translates into two Democrats in competitive House races even mentioning us. And they wonder why we're dispirited.
I intend to vote this November even though I'll be voting in Indiana with some pretty terrible candidates. I interpreting the Democrats' conduct on economic issues these past two years as a direct attempt to dissuade the rabble from voting so that their corporate masters can consolidate their institutional power and if folks like me don't stop banging our heads against this particular wall we may eventually get through. Plus it only takes a few minutes every other year, so no reason not to.
But I'm not going to blame anyone who is LGBTQ who feels like there's no reason to vote this time around. They haven't made much of an effort to follow through and pass some popular initiatives that they themselves said they wanted to pass, most likely because there are enough homophobic Democrats in Congress who'd rather see all these issues just get swept under the rug instead of having to vote for or against them.
Still, one would hope that they'd at least bring up the topic during the campaigns and try to get out the queer vote. While only two of the 29 Democrats examined highlighted their positions on LGBT policy, all 29 have queer people who live in their districts, and we are generally more likely to vote Democratic instead of Republican. They could campaign on these issues, raising awareness about them in the process, but with Dems like these....
I see what Monica Roberts was getting at when, exasperated, pled with the TBLG community to get out and vote this year, but the party itself has to be willing to meet us halfway. If the party really considered us part of their calculus for winning this time around, there are certain things they can do to excite their base instead of getting mad and blaming us for not being sufficiently excited. Getting mad at people for not loving you doesn't make them want to love you.